Everyone says that strategy games can useful in learning social studies. But where is the alignment between gaming experiences and Core Curriculum Standards?

I have ventured into the process of making such an alignment.

Recently, I tried to connect game, Civilization IV, with the Iowa Core Curriculum. Amazingly, it happened to fit almost every goal and benchmark.


I need your help.  Please review my alignment and tell me if I am on track or not.

Don't be nice.  Tell me what you think. I welcome any criticism so that we can share this with the world . . . or at least Iowa.


Thank you for your time!!!


Tyler Richmond

University of Northern Iowa


Here is the Iowa core page for Social Studies, Which I used to Align the game. Iowa Core Social Studies.


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You should talk with Zack Gilbert of the EdReach:  EdGamer Podcast. http://edreach.us/author/zgilbert/.

He teaches in Illinois and has done similar work with Civ 4 in his school.  He might offer some insights.





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